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Structures

TermDefinition
span the full extent of something from end to end
compression the action of compressing or being compressed.
suspension bridge a bridge in which the weight of the deck is supported by vertical cables suspended from larger cables that run between towers and are anchored in abutments at each end.
dissipate in which energy (internal, bulk flow kinetic, or system potential) is transformed from some initial form to some final form; the capacity of the final form to do mechanical work is less than that of the initial form.
buckle used for fastening to the other end of the same strap or to another strap.
tension the state of being stretched tight.
stable not likely to give way or overturn; firmly fixed.
torsion the action of twisting or the state of being twisted, especially of one end of an object relative to the other.
lever a rigid bar resting on a pivot, used to help move a heavy or firmly fixed load with one end when pressure is applied to the other.
buckling. is a mathematical instability that leads to a failure mode
cable a thick rope of wire or nonmetallic fiber, typically used for construction, mooring ships, and towing vehicles
rigid unable to bend or be forced out of shape; not flexible.
abutment a structure built to support the lateral pressure of an arch or span, e.g. at the ends of a bridge.
beam a long, sturdy piece of squared timber or metal spanning an opening or part of a building, usually to support the roof or floor above.
snapping the action of breaking suddenly and completely, typically with a sharp cracking sound
joint a point at which parts of an artificial structure are joined
transfer move from one place to another.
pier a solid support designed to sustain vertical pressure.
truss a framework, typically consisting of rafters, posts, and struts, supporting a roof, bridge, or other structure
torsion the action of twisting or the state of being twisted, especially of one end of an object relative to the other
arch bridge with abutments at each end shaped as a curved arch.
force strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement
beam bridge spans supported by an abutment or pier at each end.
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